From what I've read of joe's own perceptions, its clear that (to him) the SE flagship is probably the best overall, even if he might not admit it :p
If money is no object, I'd go for the SE offering (silicone is also a very nice thing. More isolation, more comfort, less chance of breaking due to drops). Though it'll probably cost more than $1400 due to the extra cost of moving it to wherever you live.
The Miracles do however, have detachable cables. I'm also not sure if the SE offerings have much in terms of design (I don't see many colours, cables.. not sure if they have custom art). The Miracles are some of the most customizable customs there are.
But Im just wondering if it's worth it. I can see that joe feels the SE 5-Way is the best IEM compared to all the other ones he owns. But if there is minimum differences between Miracle/LS8 and 5-Way. It is kind of not worth the hassle and money right? Even if it is better by a margin, but if my ears can't appreciate it, then...I guess it's not worth it.
I still need to find a way to get it since I live in Canada.